May 18, 2021

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NDLEA Nabs 217 Suspects; Seize 210kg Of Drugs In A’Ibom

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Akwa Ibom State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has seized 210 kilogrammes of drugs and arrested 217 suspects between January, and September, 2019.
State commander of the agency, Mr Mohammed Sokoto, who disclosed this said that about 20 accused persons have been convicted in various courts in the state within nine months.
Sokoto hinted that cannabis and cocaine were the major drugs patronized in the state by suspected offenders, even as massive use of tramadol and “combined” drugs were mostly applicable to low income persons, and a negligible number of women in the state.
Comparing drugs usage in Akwa Ibom and Ondo where (he) the state commander got his transfer to Akwa Ibom, Sokoto “stressed that users of cannabis in Akwa Ibom are far more than Ondo, but Ondo surpasses this state in large farm cultivation of cannabis.”
According to him, “Akwa Ibom is prone to high consumption/abuse, while in Ondo, they are engaged in extensive plantation of the drugs.
He, however lauded the efforts of the NDLEA personnel in the state for rising to the occasion by tracking down the illegal traffickers in spite of the porous nature and diverse routes often used by the dreaded criminals to bring drugs into the state.
Sokoto commended churches and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the state for the significant efforts demonstrated to help the NDLEA to enlighten the populace on the dangers of drugs.
Listing vices such as cultism in schools and institutions of higher learning, student drop out,, dangerous driving, madmen/women on the street, rape/defilement as some of the consequent effort of drug abuse in the state.
He sued for financial assistance from government to the agency to curb the trend, moreso, as majority of drugs offenders arrested by the commander on daily basis were indigenes of Akwa Ibom.
Enumerating the challenges facing the agency in its daily assignment, the state NDLEA commander pointed at lack of vehicles to cover the 31 local government areas in the state and absence of perimeter fence to shield the corporate office of the agency in Uyo from intruders.

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